Tag: Inequality

Corporate tree-planting drive in Scotland ‘risks widening rural inequality’

Surge of estate sales to big firms has driven up prices and increased elitism of land ownership, says report Lost Forest: why is BrewDog’s green scheme causing controversy? A drive by wealthy companies to plant forests in the Scottish Highlands to offset their carbon emissions risks creating even greater inequalities in rural areas, a major […]

Young people more optimistic about the world than older generations – Unicef

Despite mental health and climate concerns, youth believe they can improve the world, survey for World Children’s Day finds Young people are often seen as having a bleak worldview, plugged uncritically into social media and anxious about the climate crisis, among other pressing issues. But a global study commissioned by the UN’s children’s agency, Unicef, […]

Cop26: Women must be heard on climate, say rights groups

Those worst hit by global heating are left out of talks, says feminist coalition calling for systemic change Women must be enabled to play a greater role at the Cop26 summit, as the needs of women and girls are being overlooked amid the global climate crisis, a coalition of feminist groups has said. The Global […]

Last chance to reverse the UK’s shameful international aid cuts | Letters

Desmond Whyms on the opportunity this weekend’s G7 meeting presents for global leaders to put pressure on the British government. Plus, Henrietta L Moore on what leaders must do to genuinely ‘Build Back Better’ World leaders are meeting this weekend a few miles from my home in Penzance, Cornwall, in what could be our best […]

Red Cross calls for UK to tackle inequalities exposed by Covid

Survey finds three-quarters of adults in Britain concerned about the impact of next health emergency Major changes are needed to protect the most vulnerable people from the next global emergency, according to a report from the Red Cross that says three-quarters of people in the UK are worried about the next potential pandemic. A survey […]

The world won’t be greener until it’s fairer | Simone Tagliapietra

Action on the climate crisis must come with a social contract to protect the poor and vulnerable As a climate policy researcher, I am often asked: what is the biggest obstacle to decarbonisation? My answer has changed profoundly over the last couple of years. I used to point to the lack of affordable green technologies […]

‘Bangladesh has come a long way’: people of Dhaka on half a century of independence

A rickshaw rider, a domestic worker, a student and a photographer on how their lives have changed The making of a megacity: how Dhaka transformed in 50 years of Bangladesh Habibur Rahman, 48, rickshaw rider Related: The making of a megacity: how Dhaka transformed in 50 years of Bangladesh Continue reading…

World’s richest 1% cause double CO2 emissions of poorest 50%, says Oxfam

Charity says world’s fast-shrinking carbon budget should be used to improve lot of poorest The wealthiest 1% of the world’s population were responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorer half of the world from 1990 to 2015, according to new research. Carbon dioxide emissions rose by 60% […]

The Guardian view on politics and the environment: we demand better | Editorial

The British public are way ahead of the government in their ideas for a fairer, greener country. Time for Downing Street to listen Earlier this month, a dance troupe on an ITV light entertainment show created one of the most complained-about television moments of the past decade. In their performance, the dancers of Diversity reflected […]

Population, climate change and inequality | Letters

Alistair Currie of Population Matters says we should not fear a fall in the number of people on the planet, while Joe Williams and Caitlin Robinson say population is now the least important driver of environmental degradation. Inequality is the key, says Martin Pask It is very good to see you acknowledge the threats of […]